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7311  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Diaper Cake on: March 21, 2010 05:39:21 PM
oooh very nice! 
7312  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What's for supper? on: March 21, 2010 05:24:05 PM
ooh this looks like fun.  Empanadas!!! yum!  i stuck the recipe up here on craftster, if you all are interested!
7313  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Empanadas! with pic ffffffff-at tutorial! on: March 21, 2010 05:22:26 PM


When I was a child, we would go over to a friends house and would be served empanadas.  I have fond memories of running around on Saturdays playing with them while their father had friends over for "empanada parties" (my words, not thiers Smiley )   It was good times.  So to remember those good times, I often make his recipe.  And I figured I'd share the recipe and the how to with you all, so maybe you can make great memories surrounding delicious food, specifically these empanadas Cheesy

Recipe (slightly altered because before the onion was waaaaay overwhelming and  I like to cut out fat where I can):
Preheat your oven to 375`F

 1 large onion
 1lb of lean ground beef
 1Tbsp Paprika
 1 beef bulion cube
 1/2 cup water
 salt peper and oregano to taste

Fry onion and paprika in a large fry pan. When the onions are softened, add the ground beef.  Cook until well browned.   Add salt, pepper, and oregano.  Add 1/2 cup water and bullion cube and let simmer for 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat.

Extra filling ingredients:
Olives
rasins
hard boiled egg, cut into smallish pieces (boil this egg while you are cooking the beef!)

While the mixture is cooling make the dough.
~5cups flour
 2tsp baking powder
 1tsp salt
 1cup milk
 1/4lb lard (or shortening, like crisco)

Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.  Scald the milk in a sauce pan and add the lard.  Stir until the lard has melted.  Pour the lard and milk mixture into the flour and mix with a wooden spoon until you can't anymore. Continue kneading with your hands until you get a firm dough (much more firm then a bread. and more firm then a pie crust  Fool around with the measurements abit, to get what you feel is a workable texture)
 
Here you can see I have everything all lined up and ready to go.


Roll your dough out and cut it into large circles - aproximately 20cm across (or circles of your desired size, you could make these small as appetizers, but here I made them supper serving size)
Place the beef mixture, 2-3 rasins, 1 olive, and 1 piece of hard boiled egg.  Take a egg wash and wet one half of the circle around the edge.


Fold them over so you get a half circle, and pinch the dough together like this.  you get a good seal and no leaking if you do this.

 
Notice I punched holes with a fork along the top.  this is to let the steam out and so you can be sure they don't explode!  I also use the egg wash on top, for a nice golden brown top.


Lather rinse repeat until you run out of ingredients!

Now they are ready to hit the oven!   Bake for 30 minutes or until nicely browned.


If you have left over dough (like I did)  squish it out into weird flower like shapes and dust with cinamon and sugar, bake for 15 mins, and there you go, desert!


and here's one that has a few bites out of it that was temporarily abandoned by my 2 yr old.... Apparently he had better things to do lol  he did come back to finish it though!


Anyway I really hope you try these out, they are quite delicious.  I promise!

To answer a question about the liquid situation:
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I did have one question:  when you cook the meat with the onions do you drain off the extra fat and water?  I did because it looked too runny--I used 85% lean meat so maybe it was too fat?
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I've always used lean ground beef.   If you have a bunch of liquid that doesn't look like it's all fat (or you just simply don't care if theres a bit of extra fat in there -which is generally where I'm at lol)  You can outright skip the water, and just add and bullion cube.  Then just let it simmer until you've only got a little liquid left.  Sometimes the onion has alot of liquid in it, and sometimes it seems like some ground beef is more liquidy, so you may or may not need the water.


7314  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: St. Pattys day pancakes on: March 21, 2010 03:36:27 PM
hehe thanks!  it's fun to add color to your food!
7315  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: My white bread. on: March 21, 2010 03:20:37 PM
gotta love a good white loaf.  Looks wonderfully dense and ready for a giant portion of raspberry jam!
7316  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: A Human... Being Afghan on: March 21, 2010 09:56:49 AM
that is amazingly beautiful.  As a mom of 3 who crochets, i'm so going to have to figure this out and make one for each of my babes US photos.
Rocks and bookmarked and wisted!
7317  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Monthly Odd Holidays - April on: March 21, 2010 07:45:27 AM
oooh you got so spoiled!!! what a loverly package!!!!!!  those Penguins are cute!!!!
7318  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Monthy Odd Holiday - April (send out 3/24) on: March 20, 2010 03:50:04 PM
I decided to change my 3rd holiday, and boy am I ever glad I did.  It's to funny...  and I was so fortunate to have a sleeping 2 yr old, 2 month old, and the nearly 5yearold and the hubby went outside.... I was able to finish...  the crafty gods and godesses were with me this weekend....
7319  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: My most dramatic retouching yet! on: March 20, 2010 02:42:49 PM
holy cow thats pretty damn dramatic!  looking at pic #2 if I hadn;t seen pic #1, I would have just thought that only the background had been darkened......  But all the hair color/lips eyes... wowza!  well done!
7320  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Sock Monkey/ Sock Critter Gallery on: March 20, 2010 08:01:51 AM

Oh my gosh, look at all thos nakie kids parts in your pics! It's just like my house!  Grin


they are all partially clothed... just, who wants to get dressed really?   

and my kiddos were super happy to get a package!  It was very generous of craftylittlemonkey to send them crafty goodness!
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